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UN Refugee Chief ‘Very Worried’ for Eritrean Refugees in Tigray

The chief of the U.N.’s refugee agency said Thursday he remains “deeply troubled” by the humanitarian situation in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, noting the number of Eritrean refugees already at risk there.Filippo Grandi, U.N. high commissioner for re…

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Rights Groups Urge Zimbabwe to Drop Charges Against Journalist, Politicians

Rights groups are calling on Zimbabwe authorities to drop charges against a prominent journalist and two senior opposition members accused of “peddling falsehoods,” saying the charges against the three are part of the government’s efforts to stifle cri…

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Rights Group Urges Lifting Ugandan Social Media Ban

Amnesty International is calling for Ugandan officials to lift bans on social media imposed ahead of Thursday’s election.Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced on Tuesday that the government had shut down social media. On Jan. 9, Facebook deleted …

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Ugandans About to Head to Polls as Singer Challenges Museveni’s Rule

Ugandans head to the polls Thursday to cast ballots for the country’s next president. Musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine is the most prominent of 11 candidates challenging President Yoweri Museveni, who has led the country for nearly 35 years. Stab…

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Rights Groups Doubt Cameroon Military’s Massacre Investigation

Rights groups in Cameroon doubt the military’s claim it will properly investigate the latest alleged massacre of civilians by its troops.? Activists and witnesses say the military killed 10 villagers Sunday, including women and children, while attempti…

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South Africa Extends Coronavirus Restrictions as Cases Climb

South Africa’s president has extended restrictions as coronavirus infections affect more and more people — including, notably, the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, who announced this week she was recovering from the virus. President Cyril Ramaphosa sa…

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Starvation Looms in Southern Madagascar, WFP Warns

The U.N. World Food Program warns five years of recurrent drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought southern Madagascar to its knees, with hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants struggling to find enough food to eat.Lack of rain and poor harvest…

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UN: Thousands Flee Central African Republic Election Violence

The U.N. refugee agency reported Friday that violence surrounding last month’s election in Central African Republic has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing for…

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